Vocations Talk, Benediction
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
In 1980 there were 225 priests in the Archdiocese of Omaha working in parishes. Today there are now 134 active priests. In 19 years, at the current pace, there will be just 100. With less priests some pastors are now responsible for two and even three parishes. Parishes that once had four priests might have two today.
With steady growth of the Catholic population our view of parish ministry will continue to evolve. There is however Good News. The number of permanent deacons serving our parishes has grown substantially from 63 in 1980 to 246 today and the involvement of laity in Church ministry continues to blossom.
It would certainly be good to have more woman and men entering religious life and the priesthood. There is something we can do. Jesus said to his disciples, 'The harvest is rich but the laborers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers to his harvest.' Matthew 9:37
On Friday November 18th, St. Columbkille Parish with the aide of Deacons Bob Stier and Jerry Overkamp is hosting a Holy Hour for Vocations. You are most welcome to come for all or part of the hour which will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:00, a talk on vocations by Fr. Dave Reeson at 2:30 and Benediction to wrap up the hour at 3:00 p.m.